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The referee signals a direct free-kick by using an arm and hand to clearly indicate the direction of the  free-kick.  A  DIRECT FREE-KICK is  awarded when a player intentionally commits (or possibly attempts to commit) any of the following fouls.  A direct free-kick awarded to the attacking team within the defending team's penalty area shall be played as a penalty-kick.
1. Kicks an opponent.
2. Trips an opponent.
3. Jumps at an opponent.
4. Charges an opponent in a violent manner.
5. Charges an opponent from behind (UNLESS the opponent is obstructing).
6. Strikes or spits at an opponent (player also receives Red Card).
7. Holds an opponent.
8. Pushes an opponent.
9. Hands the ball (goalkeeper excepted within his own penalty area)

The referee signals an indirect free-kick by raising an arm above his  head.  An  INDIRECT FREE-KICK may be awarded when  a  player commits any of the following (intentional or not).  An indirect free-kick awarded to the attacking team within the defending team's goal area shall be taken from the six yard line (edge of the goal area) at the point nearest to where the foul was committed.
1. Dangerous play.
2. Charging fairly when the ball is not within playing distance.
3. Obstructing an opponent.
4. Charging the goalkeeper within his penalty area.
5. As goalkeeper in his own penalty area, violates the "unlimited steps, six-second rule", hands the ball improperly, or deliberately wastes time.
6. Receives a Yellow Card or otherwise infringes certain laws of the game.

When a free-kick is taken,
1. The ball must be stationary.
2. The opponents may be required to stay 10 yards away (with certain exceptions).
3. The kicker shall not play the ball a second time, until it has been touched by another player (in some situations it must also leave the penalty area).

A YELLOW CARD is caution to the player that his actions are unacceptable.   In  Alabama, several  Yellows in a season may cause the player to be suspended for a match.  A Yellow may be awarded if a player:
1. Enters  or  leaves  the field without the permission  of  the referee.
2. Repeatedly breaks the rules.
3. Shows any dissent from any referee decision, on or off of the field.
4. Is guilty of ungentlemanly conduct, on or off of the field.

RED CARD is a serious penalty to the player and his team.  The  player must leave the match and the team may not fill that position. The player must also set out the next match. In Alabama, for some fouls it is mandatory  the player set out several games.  Violent actions directed at the referee have caused players to be suspended for a season and more.  A Red Card may be awarded if  a player,  on or off of the field:
1. Is guilty of violent conduct.
2. Is guilty of serious foul play.
3. Uses foul or abusive language.
4. Would  otherwise be awarded a second Yellow Card in the  same game.

The ball is in play always, except when
1. the ball has left the field and completely crossed  over  the boundary line.
2. the referee stops the game (blows his whistle).


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